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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Raquel Namuche, (929) 251 – 5044
Zakiyah Sayeed, (917) 547-1760
Protest Commenced on Sunday Outside of Alicia Glen’s Upper West Side Home Amidst Scandal of her Giving Donors Special Access
Residents from Across the City participated in a Direct Action to Demand Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen Step Down
NEW YORK – Dozens of residents gathered outside of the home of Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen demanding she step down. As scandals continue to break around the Administration’s cozy nature with developers, her specific role in selling out the low-income housing movement has created tension throughout communities. Using the hashtags, #byeAlicia and #WantedforDisplacement, residents representing the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens gathered on Sunday, December 18 to demand her resignation and that the Mayor do more for low-income New Yorkers.
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Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, former Goldman Sachs employee, has demonstrated a pattern of not understanding the effects gentrification has had and continues to have on communities of color and the contribution gentrification has to the rising homelessness crisis. In a 2015 interview with VICE News she stated, “The reason why so many people are pissed is that they have been conditioned to the fear of change. I don’t like it when my dry cleaner changes ownership. It pisses me off because I’ve known those people for years. It stresses me out. I don’t like change. But change is inevitable and so how you shape the future is incredibly important as opposed to letting it wash over you. Because it’s coming”, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen. With shelter numbers reaching nearly 70,000 and the direct relationship between rezoning and homelessness, as cited in the New York Time profile of the Bed-Stuy Rezoning, residents on Sunday wanted to make it clear that Alicia Glen is dangerously unfit for the position she holds and she must step down.
“The city is not only enabling the practices of predatory landlords and developers that place poor New Yorkers at risk of being displaced from their communities but is also giving a free pass and millions of city dollars to non-profit organizations that run homeless shelters that are extremely unsafe. Alicia Glen says she wishes the city had more money to invest in housing, well for many years homeless rights advocates have been trying to push the city to redirect the millions of dollars being pumped to the shelter system into the creation of low-income housing. It is obvious that solving the housing crisis is not a priority for Alicia Glen or the Mayor” Raquel Namuche, Queens Is Not For Sale.
Residents on Sunday chanted “Alicia Glen, how do you pay your rent?” a chant in direct reference to the new developments of the NY1 Agent of the City reports as well as the NY Daily News Report about donations made to the De Blasio administration in exchange for meetings with Glen to get their projects approved. As NY Daily News reports, “During the 15-month period, her schedule shows about half of her meetings or calls with non-City Hall employees — 95 — were with 42 individuals who had hosted fund-raisers, gathered campaign donations for de Blasio or given to the mayor’s non-profit, the now-defunct Campaign for One New York.” Residents at the protest on Sunday stated that it is impossible for Glen, and the Administration, to represent the needs of low-income New Yorkers when this type of behavior is going on.
“Every-day New Yorkers are not given the same level of access to this administration as the for-profit developers. This imbalance of access has resulted in housing policies that drastically benefit the profits of developers while New Yorkers, who have contributed generations of taxes, labor, and love into this city, are being displaced daily. There must be accountability and transparency so that we know we are being given the best deal for all of New York not just the best deals for the pockets of developers”, Anna Burnham, Brooklyn Resident and Housing Organizer.
The protest was well received by those passing by and people were eager to hear about the ways Glen has contributed to the displacement of longtime New Yorkers. There was one confrontation with Glen’s husband, who crumbled a flyer and threw it at one of the demonstrators stating that we needed to “go away” and “how dare you protest a public official at their home”. Protests will continue throughout the election year because those in attendance on Sunday firmly believe that, if De Blasio is granted a second term, Alicia Glen should not be.
“Alica Glen enjoys the privilege of living in the community she grew up in while serving as the architect of so many New Yorkers’ displacement. And we, the residents of New York are paying for it figuratively and literally! We want to be afforded the same privilege that she is, the right to stay in the neighborhood that we have grown up in, invested in and been nourished by. Something tells me, that if developers were coming into her neighborhood and disguising the removal of she and her neighbors as a plan to create more affordable housing,she would not be so accepting of this so called inevitable change” Zakiyah Sayyed, Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network.
Join Us to Protest the REBNY Annual ‘Deal of the Year’ Charity & Awards Gala this Wednesday October 26th 6-8pm
Join our facebook event and help us spread the word on social media!
The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), a notorious lobbying group responsible for luxury development and displacement in New York City, will be holding their 28th Annual “Deal of the Year” Charity and Awards Gala, this Wednesday, October 26th. Participants, which include the city’s largest landlords and developers, as well as many high-profile elected officials, pay $550 and up to schmooze and reward the top sales and rental deals completed in 2015-2016. Proceeds from this “charity” gala will benefit REBNY’s “Member in Need Fund,” which is, of all New Yorkers in need,a residential landlord experiencing hardship.
And, REBNY had the nerve to make the gala disco-themed, a dance music genre that emerged in the Black community. We find this cultural appropriation particularly insulting knowing that REBNY is a major actor in the systematic displacement of low-to-middle income communities of color. The entertainer for the night is disco legend Gloria Gaynor, whose greatest hit is an anthem of resilience and defiance. As a Black feminist and LGBTQ icon, we are asking her to support the struggle of our communities by not performing at the gala.
There is nothing to celebrate about corporate greed and profiting off our communities. Join the Brookkyn Anti-Gentrification Network and allies in protesting this grand gathering of key players in gentrification and displacement. #WeWillSurvive #HousingNotHorsDoeuvres #NoAwardsForDisplacement
Join Us to Protest the Make It In Brooklyn Innovation Summit this Wednesday September 28th at 5:30pm
Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network calls on members, friends and allies to join us in a community speak out to protest the Make it in Brooklyn Innovation Summit, where participants pay $400 to schmooze with ‘real estate titans’ and Brooklyn’s ‘builders founders and startups’. The event is hosted by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a champion for the 2004 rezoning that has led to the rapid gentrification and displacement of low-to-middle income residents in Downtown Brooklyn. Help us spread the word–join our facebook event and share with your community!
Join us on the 28th to call these self-proclaimed “innovators” out for what they really are–agents of gentrification and displacement. #WhoseCity? #OurCity! #BANgentrification #BrooklynIsNotForSale
The Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network Statement on the Mayor’s Housing Plan
For Immediate Release March 28th 2016
Contact: Imani Henry 646-342-9673| info@BANgentrification.org
BAN launches “Whose City? Our City?” Campaign Demanding Elected Community Boards with Veto Power to Ensure Real Accountability to the People.
Press Conference and Community Speak-Out, Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Brooklyn Borough Hall
As staunch advocates for affordable housing and stopping the rampant displacement of residents in our communities, The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN) is deeply outraged at the recent passage of Mayor De Blasio’s ‘affordable housing’ amendment texts – Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) and the Zone for Quality Affordability (ZQA).
While the MIH/ZQA amendments promise to create 200,000 “affordable” units, only 20 percent of the so called “affordable” units will be priced at 40 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) in the rezoned neighborhoods, which is about $31,000 per year for a family of three. That is still beyond the reach of many low income families and will not slow the displacement of families citywide. More than a quarter of New York City households make less than $25,000 a year.
BAN, along with other tenant rights and housing advocacy groups citywide, has denounced MIH/ZQA since it was proposed. In fact, 52 out of 59 community boards voted AGAINST these amendments, but the Mayor dismissed their disapproval, noting that the role of Community Boards in such critical decisions is merely advisory.
Community Boards arose in the 1970’s when communities across the city demanded a say in the use of land in their neighborhoods. However, the Mayor’s flippant dismissal of the overwhelming community disapproval of his housing amendments highlights the
need for Community Boards to have a more empowered and meaningful role in Land Use. Because community boards lack this power, thousands of NYC residents now face a disastrous development plan, imposed on us against our will, that will bring even greater displacement to our communities.
This is why BAN is launching our “Whose City? Our City?” Campaign demanding that the City Charter be changed to put true power to influence decisions in the hands of the people. First, Community Boards must be granted real planning and veto power and not just be advisory when it comes to land use plans. Second, Community Board members must be elected by the communities they serve, not appointed by Borough Presidents, to ensure their accountability to the people.
On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, BAN will hold a Press Conference and Community Speak-Out regarding these two demands. We will also announce a recently filed Lawsuit against Community Board 9 in Brooklyn, seeking for the first time in the history of Community Boards, the removal of four Community Board members who have displayed unprofessional and unlawful behavior, while working to support a rezoning on behalf of Borough President Eric Adams and the Real Estate Industry.
Member Organizations of The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN) as of March 28, 2016:
- The 320 Sterling Street Tenants Association
- The Artist Studio Affordability Project
- The Audre Lorde Project
- The Bushwick Cop Watch Team of Peoples’ Justices for Community Control & Police Accountability
- The Crystal House Project of The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
- The East Flatbush Cop Watch Team of Peoples’ Justices for Community Control & Police Accountability
- El Grito de Sunset Park
- Equality for Flatbush
- Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE)
- Movement to Protect The People
- Northwest Bushwick Community Group
- Reclaim Bushwick
- Third Root Community Health Center
The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN) is a mass-based coalition of tenants, homeowners, block associations, anti-police brutality groups, and legal and grassroots organizations working together to end the rampant gentrification and displacement of low to middle income residents of Brooklyn
To read BAN’s ten point platform see: https://bangentrification.org/about/
March 30th Press Conference Facebook event:
Facebook page: The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network – BAN
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/BANgentrifying
The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN) is a people of color-led, mass-based coalition of tenants, homeowners, block associations, anti-police brutality groups, legal and grassroots organizations working together to end the rampant gentrification and displacement of low to middle income residents of Brooklyn, New York.
Member Organizations of The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN)
The 320 Sterling Street Tenants Association
The Artist Studio Affordability Project
The Audre Lorde Project
The Bushwick Cop Watch Team of Peoples’ Justices for Community Control & Police Accountability
The Crystal House Project of The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
The East Flatbush Cop Watch Team of Peoples’ Justices for Community Control & Police Accountability
El Grito de Sunset Park
Equality for Flatbush
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE)
Movement to Protect The People
Northwest Bushwick Community Group
Third Root Community Health Center
Ways you can connect with us:
- Find us on Facebook
- Follow us on twitter
- Receive updates and announcements or help us plan actions by joining the BAN google group
- Email us at info@BANgentrification.org
- Check out our events page
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